Memorial Day Observances Planned

There will be Memorial Day observances in all five Marshall County municipalities on Monday.

The first is set for 8 a.m. in McMechen, where there will be a brief ceremony in front of Center McMechen Elementary School, followed by a parade to the McMechen Cemetery where Rev. Dr. Mitch Johnston, pastor of the Church of God, will be the speaker. The Honor Guard of Blake Brothers American Legion Post No. 46 will take part in the program, and there will be special music.

The observance in Cameron will get underway at 10 a.m. in the BB&T parking lot. The speaker will be retired U.S. Army Major Mike Hummel, who currently teaches anti-terrorism at California University of Pennsylvania. Others taking part in the ceremony will be Christian Church Pastor Steve Jumper, and members of Unit No. 18 Ladies Auxiliary, who will place a wreath at the Legion Memorial Monument, along with the Post Honor Guard presenting the colors and rifle salute, followed by “Taps.” Many of the Cameron participants, including the Honor Guard, will take part later in the morning at the Big Run Christian Church.

The ceremonies in Benwood, Glen Dale and Moundsville will all be at 11 a.m.

In Benwood there will be a parade through Center Benwood, with stops at a monument at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Office, and at the monument in front of the city building, where Mayor Edward M. Kuca Jr., will be the speaker The parade goers will continue on to the the front of Blake Brothers American Legion Post No. 46, where a ceremony will take place at which John Looney of the Vets Center will be the speaker. Parade participants will be involved to the upstairs of the Legion Home where food will be available.

The Glen Dale ceremony will take place at City Park with Marshall County Prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer as the speaker. Following the ceremony there will be free swimming.

The Moundsville ceremony will be at the All-Wars Monument on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse, beginning at 11 a.m. Among those to be honored are veterans, Purple Heart veterans and Gold Star Mothers. Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star Mothers who have not yet provided information can do so by email to, giving the veteran’s name, branch of service they were in, and/or the name of deceased veteran and the name of the Gold Star Mother. Special seating will be provided for these individuals.

At 1 p.m. today the Cameron American Legion Honor Guard will present colors to Mayor Julie Beresford in conjunction with an observance of the opening of the Cameron Swimming Pool, which was renovated a year ago. The pool is the oldest in the county. The American Legion will be providing financial support toward free swim days during the summer.

A “Sweet Smorgasbord” will be held from 4-6 p.m. on June 5 in the American Legion Post No. 18 Annex Building, the former NAPA location.

Tickets will entitle a person to sample desserts including pies, ice cream, fudge, pumpkin rolls, cookies, brownies and cakes.

The proceeds will benefit the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department in the purchase of a Blitz Force Lightweight Portable Attack Monitor.

There will also be door prizes, a Chinese auction and a chance on CVFD bean bag boards.

Tickets can be purchased from Peggy Parsons, Gail Porter, Sherry Johnson, Lori Marling or at Greg’s Market.

A “Day of Recognition for Rev. J. Thomas Steele and his wife, Faye” will be held June 7 by the Moundsville Baptist Church.

There will be a breakfast with the Steeles at 9 a.m. From 1-3 p.m. there will be an open house in the church gymnasium, to which those in attendance are to bring their thoughts and memories of the Steele’s over the last 48 years. At 5 p.m., the Steeles will be honored at a dinner. At 7 p.m. a concert will be held in the church sanctuary.

The second annual Redneck Monster 5K event will be held Saturday at the Marshall County Fairgrounds. The course will consist of a minimum of 10 obstacles including climbing, crawling, mud and more.

Proceeds from Saturday’s event will go toward upgrading of the Fairgrounds. The event is being sponsored by the Marshall County Fair., Inc., and J&R Excavating.

For more information call either 304-780-9006 or 304-830-0788.

While on the subject of Valley Fork Park, it along with the city garage in Glen Dale, will be the sites for the Marshall County Operation Pride Clean-Up on Friday and Saturday. Free dumpsters will be at the locations from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In addition to accepting different items for proper disposal, representatives from Appalachian Outreach, Inc., will accept useable furniture, toys, bikes and other household items.

There will be no provisions at either location to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals.materials or household trash.

The contact person if anyone has questions is Howard Coffield, the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority Executive Director. He can be reached at, 304-780-9866 (office) or 304-843-1074 (fax).

A week ago Coffield estimates 3,000 tires were brought to a drop off site in Moundsville, along with 48,344 pounds of used electronics, and with 35,604 pounds being televisions.

The location for the 27th annual Greg Yoho Memorial Car Show, sponsored by the Marshall County has been changed as Mountaineer Gas Co., is replacing lines on Jefferson Avenue in the Business District, Jefferson Avenue from Second Street to Fifth Street, where the event is usually held.

This year’s Cruise-In, which will be from 5-9 p.m. on June 6, will still be on Jefferson Avenue but will be ”down” the street between Eighth and 11th Streets in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Some 250 vehicles are expected to be on ”display.” Several monetary awards will be presented, including Best of Show, which is a $500 prize. In addition, one entrant will receive a $1,000 prize, that person must be present to win this drawing which will take place at the conclusion of the event.

Appalachian Outreach will hold its 6th annual Music Festival from noon until 5 p.m. next Sunday at St. Jude Hall in Glen Dale.

The event will feature live entertainment by the National Pike Pickers, Stevie Lynn, Dan Henthorn & the Battle Weary Band, and Hank Vincent and Jay Marsh Band.

The admission charge will include a spaghetti dinner and chances for door prizes.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Traveling Music Exhibit will also be on display.

Event tickets can be purchased in advance by calling either 304-845-2762 or 304-280-4820. Tickets will also be available at the door.